Since our success at the national ranking regatta at the end of October, Mary and I have been flat out. I think i have spent about 4 full days at home since then. For the rest of my time we have been working hard in weymouth getting on the water when we can and in the gym when we cant.
Our month started by loading the container for the Miami element of the winter. The container takes about a month to travel to the US, and because of the fact we only have one boat initially we were at a bit of a lose end for November. Alas the amazing Anderson gang came to our rescue, Maddy Anderson who has been racing alongside us all year, very generously allowed us to borrow her boat 'Margot' (no idea about the name) for our training here in the UK. I really cant thank her and the Andersons enough.
It most definitely is starting to get pretty cold on the water now, I haven't taken my Typhoon drysuit off for the last few sessions. But despite the chilliness we have had some great sessions on the water in a good range of conditions.
We have been working closely with Rupert and Nikki which has been great. The two of us have balanced our time well between speed work and boat handling.
And now for the big news.... Thanks to those that have got behind our call to arms, we have now raised enough money to cover our flights to Miami for the training block before christmas. This is a good chunk of the expenses but there is still a lot to go, accommodation, car hire and shipping to mention a few bits. Please keep the word circulating, it really is helping!
If you didn't see already, we have a new video on youtube http://youtu.be/azt3JN-HXz4
Stand by for more updates and photos soon.